"A technique passed down from Piccolo to Gohan. The user raises both hands and focuses their Ki, then lowers their hands in front of them and releases it in a powerful wave."
Masenko (魔閃光 Masenkō, lit. "Demon Flash/Glint") is an Energy Wave used primarily by Gohan, though it was originally a Demon Clan Style technique that Piccolo passed down to Gohan during his Martial Arts training.
The attack is performed by the user placing both hands above the head with the palms facing the target and one hand in front of the other with the fingers going in opposite directions. When the user thrusts their hands forward, they call the name and fire a beam of yellow, white, or orange energy.
Piccolo uses this attack for the first time when, as a child, he blasts away Tai's dog who was pursuing him, thereby discovering some of his power. Gohan uses this attack for the first time in response to Nappa killing Piccolo, to no avail. He then uses it many times throughout the Vegeta, Namek, Captain Ginyu, and Frieza Sagas.
Piccolo uses the technique against Frieza, to no effect. Piccolo also uses it against Cell when helping Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha, shouting "Masenko HA" while firing it. In the Garlic Jr. Saga, Gohan uses Masenko beams to dispatch the Spice Boys.
Gohan also uses the Masenko in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, and combined with Future Trunks' Masenko in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan. During the Z Fighters' battle with 1,000 soldiers in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Gohan uses a Masenko to knock down several soldiers.
In Dragon Ball Super, Super Saiyan Future Trunks uses the Masenko against Goku Black to blind him in order to escape using time machine. Later he uses it once again in Super Saiyan Rage form to force both Goku Black and Future Zamasu on the defensive. Gohan also uses it once during Tournament of Power against Universe 6 namekians.
During the Dark King Mechikabura Saga, Super Saiyan 4 Xeno Gohan uses a supercharged version of the Masenko to attack Dark Gogeta, allowing Super Saiyan 4 Xeno Gogeta to follow up with an Atomic Kamehameha.
There are many variations of the Masenko:
- Guided Masenko: Gohan fires an upgraded form of the Masenko that follows enemies. A Super Attack used by Gohan in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
- Combined Masenko: Gohan and Future Trunks merge their separate Masenko attacks into a large, more powerful Masenko wave.
- Double Masenko: In this variation, Gohan fires two Masenko blasts out of both his hands, pointed at his left and right sides.
- Dual Masenko - A spinning variation of Double Masenko used by DBS Future Trunks as a Super Attack in Xenoverse 2.
- Explosive Madan: Adult Gohan fires a burst-like, short-ranged version of the Masenko.
- Neo Masenko: A stronger version of Masenko that appears as the Super Attack for Base Gohan (Kid)'s UM1-14 card in World Mission.
- Full Power Masenko: Gohan fires an energy beam with a large ball at the end.
- Strike for the Future - A team attack Ultimate Move Arts performed by Future Trunks & Future Mai where Future Trunks uses Masenko as the finisher.
- Maximum Masenko: A stronger version of the Masenko used by Prison Planet Prisoner Uniform Future Trunks as his Super Attack in Dragon Ball Heroes and World Mission. The user powers up before charging a Masenko that they fire at maximum power.
- Gekiretsu Madan: A rapid-fired version of the Masenko used by Gohan.
- Hyper Masenko: A more powerful one-handed version of the Masenko used by Future Gohan as a Super Saiyan.
- Super Masenko: A more powerful version of the Masenko used by Gohan for the final Energy Clash against Hatchiyack. Also utilized by Gohan, Future Gohan, and Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
- Limit Breaker Masenko: The upgraded form of the Super Masenko. The user surpasses conventional limits for a decisive, one-hit Super Attack. Used by Gohan and Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
- Ultimate Masenko: The most powerful version of the normal Masenko.
- Multiple Masenko: A double finger beam version of the Masenko shot from both index fingers.
- Masenko Beam Cannon: A combination of the Full Power Masenko and Full Power Special Beam Cannon that appears as a special move in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Video Game Appearances
The Masenko and its variations appear in various Dragon Ball video games usually as one of Gohan's signature techniques, though they are occasionally used by other characters such as Future Trunks and the Future Warrior. Warrior-type Namekians can use the Masenko in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. They learn this skill at level 10, and the Charged Masenko variation at level 18.
- Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S.
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Sagas
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
- Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2
- Jump Super Stars
- Jump Ultimate Stars
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast
- Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast 2
- Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Online
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Dragon Ball Legends
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, it is Future Gohan's Blast 2 in his base form.
In Supersonic Warriors 2, it is called Demon Flash in the game's Super Attack screen.
In Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden, Kid Gohan has it as his ultimate attack. When used, the cutscene features Piccolo's dead body, recreating the first time Gohan used the Masenko.
In Xenoverse, the Masenko is a Super Skill used by Kid Gohan, Teen Gohan, and Adult Gohan. The Future Warrior can obtain this skill as a reward in Parallel Quest 09: "Saiyan Pride". In the game, pressing the control stick away from the opponent at the same time the move is performed will cause the user to perform a back jump before firing it allowing them to gain some distance from the opponent before attacking.
"Fires a Ki Blast straight forward. If Control Stick is held opposite the direction the character is facing, the blast will be fired while jumping backwards."
In Xenoverse 2 the Masenko is a Super Skill used by Gohan (Kid, Teen, & Adult). The Future Warrior can learn this skill by completing School Quest: Lesson 2 of Kid Gohan's Training. If the Control Stick is held opposite the direction the character is facing, the blast will be fired while jumping backwards. As part of the 1.17.00 Update DLC, after randomly obtaining Customization Unlock Key 13 as a Raid Reward which unlocks Majin Buu (Gohan Absorbed) in Partner Customization allowing it to be added to his Custom skillset after purchasing it for 5 TP Medals in Partner Customization. Super Buu (Gohan Absorbed) presumably inherited it from his absorption of Piccolo and/or Gohan which explains how the Ghost Buus produced by his Super Ghost Buu Attack are able to utilize the technique in the main series.
In World Mission, the Masenko is a Super Attack used by Gohan (Kid) who can also use a variation called Neo Masenko. Gohan (Future) can use Hyper Masenko as one of his Super Attacks, while Super Saiyan 3 Gohan (Adult) can utilize Ultimate Masenko as his Super Attack. Trunks (Future) can use a variation called Maximum Masenko in his Prison Planet Prisoner uniform.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the Masenko is one of Gohan's default Super Attacks learning it along with Ki Control and Flight from Piccolo after completing his survival training. It can be leveled up two times (Lv. 1 to Lv. 3). Additionally Super Masenko appears as an upgraded form of Masenko that has enhanced damage. Gohan can also learn a new upgraded variant of Masenko called Guided Masenko which follows enemies. Finally there is a new upgraded form of Super Masenko called Limit Breaker Masenko which is Gohan's strongest Masenko variant in the game as it surpasses conventional limits delivering a decisive, one hit Super Attack. Additionally the Z Encyclopedia entry for Masenko, confirms that the technique was passed down from Piccolo to Gohan, thus confirming it is a technique of the Demon Clan Style. Additionally as part of the -Trunks- The Warrior of Hope DLC, the Masenko and Super Masenko appear as Super Attacks for both Future Gohan and Future Trunks (Teen & Adult). Future Gohan can also learn Limit Breaker Masenko via completing its training exercise at Training Grounds upon reaching The Warrior of Hope Episode 3: "In Pursuit of Power".
- 魔 (Ma) = Demon / evil / devil
- 閃 (Sen) = Flash
- 光 (Kō) = Light
- 閃光 (Senkō) = A flash of light / glint
- In Toei's original broadcast, this attack was erroneously referred to by Gohan during the fight with Vegeta as a Kamehameha. This scripting error was preserved in the Ocean dub as well.
- In the Ocean dub of the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, it was called "Power Beam".
- The kamikaze ghost attack used by Super Buu used the Masenko against Vegito but said Galick Gun instead in the Funimation dub. In the Ocean Group dubs, the move was called "Magic Flash".
- In the AB Groupe dub of Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, the move is called "Magic Beam".
- Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, 2000
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S., 1994
- Dragon Ball Online, 2010
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 1.17.00 Update DLC
- Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, 2015
- Dragon Ball Legends, 2018
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, 2020
- Dragon Ball episode 124, "Temple Above the Clouds"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 28, "Goku's Arrival"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 191, "Save the World"
- Dragon Ball GT episode 27, "The Attack on Vegeta"